Knox Man Gets State Prison Time for Smuggling Drugs into Crawford County Jail

| October 6, 2018

CRAWFORD CO., Pa. (EYT) – A Knox man was recently sentenced to state prison after being caught conspiring to smuggle drugs into the Crawford County Jail last year.

(Pictured above: Charles E. Walker. Photo courtesy The Meadville Tribune.)

According to The Meadville Tribune, on Thursday, October 4, Crawford County Court of Common Pleas Judge John Spataro sentenced 37-year-old Charles E. Walker, of Knox, to two to four years in state prison, with credit for two days served, and ordered him to pay court costs and a $500.00 fine.

Spataro also ordered the sentence to run consecutively to any other sentences Walker has.

Walker pleaded guilty to one count of to one second-degree felony count of contraband controlled substance in Crawford County Court of Common Pleas on March 1, 2018.

Court documents indicate Judge John Sparto issued a bench warrant for Charles Walker’s arrest on June 4 after he failed to appear for sentencing.

On Wednesday, September 5, Clarion County President Judge James G. Arner sentenced Walker to two to five years in state prison on one felony count of manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance.

Authorities Attempt to Serve Bench Warrant at Clarion Borough Residence

Around 2:25 p.m. on Monday, June 11, Officer Wright assisted Clarion County Sheriff’s Deputies in an attempt to serve a felony warrant on Charles Edward Walker.

Deputy Swartzfager had information that Walker was currently staying with a known female at a residence on Liberty Street in Clarion Borough.

Officer Wright knocked on the door, and it was answered by the known female. Officer Wright advised her that the officers currently held a warrant for Walker and asked her if he was present at the residence, the complaint states.

While Office Wright spoke with the known female, he noted a clear glass smoking pipe on top of a black box on the coffee table inside the door and if they could look around. The known female gave her consent.

Officers Zerfoss and Wright then did a security sweep of the residence for additional persons.

The complaint notes that while clearing the residence, Officer Wright observed a digital scale, razor blades, and clear baggies on the kitchen table in plain view.

Walker was found hiding in a closet in the bedroom; he was taken into custody and brought out to the living room.

According to the complaint, Walker said that he did not want the known female charged for anything and stated, “That is my cocaine over there on the table,” and nodded his head towards the TV, the complaint states.

Officer Wright asked Walker if there were any more drugs inside of the residence and he stated, “not that I know of.”

A search warrant was applied for at the office of Magisterial District Judge Duane Quinn, which was subsequently granted, and Officer Wright returned to the Liberty Street residence at 2:25 p.m. and the following items were recovered at the residence:

– A clear glass smoking pipe with residue;
– A black lock box containing a digital scale, a clear baggie containing crystals (suspected methamphetamine) and several small ziplock baggies;
– A silver lockbox containing smoking pipes and several small ziplock baggies;
– A green container containing white powder substance (suspected cocaine);
– A black Cricket ZTE cell phone;
– A black Samsung cell phone;
– A black Samsung cell phone;
– A black LG cell phone;
– A digital scale;
– A plastic baggie containing white powder substance and a spoon (suspected cocaine);
– A red zipper bag containing small plastic ziplock baggies;
– A black safe containing drug paraphernalia;
– A purple container containing white rocky substance (suspected crack cocaine); and
– $611.00 in U.S. currency.

The items were confiscated and transported to the Clarion Borough Police Department.

Walker was then arraigned at 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12, in Magisterial District Judge Duane L. Quinn’s office on the following charges:

– Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
– Flight To Avoid Apprehension/Trial/Punishment, Felony 3
– Intentional Possession of Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor
– Use/Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor

According to court documents, he pleaded guilty the felony count of manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver on July 11 in the Clarion County Court of Common Pleas, and the other charges were dismissed as a condition of the plea deal.

Clifford Walker

Clifford Walker

On Monday, July 9, President Judge Mark Stevens sentenced 38-year-old Clifford D. Walker, of Knox, to two to four years in state prison, with credit for five days served, and ordered him to pay court costs and a $100.00 fine.

Walker pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree felony contraband – controlled substance on May 7, 2018.


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